By Louise Allen, Media and Public Affairs Branch
The Public Safety Response Team (PSRT)
is responsible for supporting police
operations involving demonstrations,
crowd control, court security, VIP
protection and waterborne operations.
PSRT officers demonstrate protective formations, one of the crowd management techniques they employ.
Sergeant Owen Law, PSRT said officers
had to remain vigilant and alert at all
times when policing large crowds.
The community has an expectation that
police will deal with people who are
responsible for unruly behaviour, and
PSRT officers are particularly skilled in
Apart from protests, PSRT officers also
attend major events such as the Indy
grand prix, the Gympie Music Muster, New
Year's Eve celebrations, the Whitsunday
Fun Races and Brisbane’s Riverfire.
Sergeant Law said PSRT officers attended
jobs throughout the state to assist general
"While we are based in Brisbane, PSRT
officers travel extensively. Officers have
attended both rural and urban locations
from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the South
Australian and Northern Territory borders.
"We provide tactical advice and assist in
the planning of major operations that may
attract large crowds.
"People have the right to feel safe
whether they are attending a protest or a
festival. Our job is simply to keep the
peace," he said.
"We are specially equipped to respond in
the interest of public safety to instances
of confrontation, violence and other duties
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which exceed normal police responses.
"For these reasons the members undergo
a high level of training in order to provide
them with the skills and knowledge they
need to effectively carry out the required
PSRT officers operate in a team
environment while performing high-risk
duties. They are trained to operate in
arrest, shield and close personal
Given the wide variety of jobs PSRT
officers attend, Sergeant Law said it was
imperative for the unit to be multi-skilled.
"We have trained divers, search and
rescue coordinators, explosive searchers,
planning, and disaster management
officers as well as officers with waterborne
"Members of PSRT also provide some
instruction by way of specialist courses to
general duties police and other members
of the Specialist Services Branch.
"The incidents we respond to usually
attract a significant amount of public
interest so it is important we act with
expertise and the utmost
professionalism," Sergeant Law said.
PSRT officers are trained to operate in arrest,
shield and close personal protection teams.
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